Programme guidance and support

Peer support

At times, you may be allocated to a practice experience alongside other undergraduate nursing students. We would encourage you to utilise the peer support that this may offer; sharing learning experiences or learning, or it may be that you can teach other students and offer support.

Personal Academic Tutor (PAT)

As a student of the University of the Highlands and Islands you will allocated a personal academic tutor (PAT). Your PAT can be contacted by e-mail or telephone during the time you are in a practice learning allocation, if required.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

The Nursing and Midwifery Council, our governing body, serve to regulate nurses and midwives practice; they exist to protect the public and to ensure that that nurses and midwives have the skills and ability to deliver high quality healthcare during the course of their careers.

They also set the standards for nursing and midwifery education, training and the conduct and performance of all nurses and midwives in the United Kingdom.

Additionally, the NMC also provide us with guidance within a number of standard and advisory documents. These documents, standards and guidance can be accessed using the URLs below and include:

The NMC also provide guidance in line with good health and good character, and fitness to practice guidance. The URL above allows some understanding of the need for all nurses and midwives to be fit to practise. Being fit means that all students who are registered on the undergraduate nursing programme with the School of Nursing, University of Highland and Islands, are required to demonstrate sufficient good health and character that will support them to meet all skills and knowledge, and work safely and effectively.   It must be noted, however, that this does not mean that nurses and midwives, who declare that they are fit to practise, do not have health conditions (both physical and physiological) or disabilities.

A document that offers guidance to support both Universities, and also current and potential students, understanding of the required medical standard of medical fitness for nurses or midwives in training is available